July - October 2018
Friday 25th July and Friday 31st Aug
Dormouse Handling and Survey Methods
9.45am - 4.45pm             CIEEM Members £170 Non-Members £220 (Early bird booking discounts available).
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
A basic introduction to dormouse ecology followed by more detailed information about dormouse survey and handling techniques including nut searches, nest identification and the use of nest boxes and nest tubes for survey and monitoring. Relevant legislation and how to complete NDMP recording forms will also be covered. Artefacts, including nests and nuts and seeds nibbled by a range of small mammals, will be available for close examination. A practical handling session will enable participants to check nest boxes in our captive enclosures and to handle, sex and weigh adult dormice. There may also be the opportunity to observe or handle baby or juvenile dormice depending on time of year and breeding success.
* In Partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Please book directly with CIEEM at http://events.cieem.net/Events/Event-Listing.aspx
Saturday 28th July, Saturday 11th Aug and Sunday 26th Aug
Dormouse Handling and Surveying Workshop
10.30am - 4.00pm             £55 per person
Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
This course is aimed at ecological consultants and those in training for their dormouse handling licence. A classroom session on survey methods followed by handling, sexing and weighing captive dormice under supervision. Limited to 6 places per workshop.
Saturday 11th Aug
An Introduction to Bat Ecology and Conservation
2.00pm - 9.30pm             £30 per person
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Learn about bat biology, how to identify UK species and the work of Kent Bat Group. Find out what methods are used to survey for bats and what we are doing to conserve them.  Use a bat detector to listen to any bats flying at the reserve.
This course takes place at Monkton Nature Reserve. Payable at Monkton Nature Reserve or over the phone on 01843 822666.
Saturday 18th Aug and Saturday 22nd Sep
Dormouse Ecology and Conservation
9.30am - 4.45pm             £94 per person
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
This one day course is recognised as the definitive course on dormouse ecology and monitoring. It is ideal for those with a general interest or those working towards their Dormouse Handling Licence. Included is a field visit to check nest boxes, information on relevant legislation and often the opportunity to handle a dormouse under supervision with guidance on best practice.
* In partnership with the Mammal Society. Please book direct with the Mammal Society http://www.mammal.org.uk / 023 8001 0984
Saturday 25th Aug
Introduction to Bat Ecology and Conservation
10.00am - 4.30pm             £30 per person
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Aimed at those interested in bats or just starting out in bat work, this course provides a general background to the ecology and biology of these fascinating mammals with a particular focus on bats in Kent and the work of Kent Bat Group. Includes survey methods, monitoring, bat identification, meeting live captive bats and a visit to our bat flight cage.
* In partnership with Kent Bat Group
Friday 31st Aug and Sunday 2nd Sep
Mammal Identification Weekend by the Mammal Society
From £195 per person
The Mammal Identification Weekend provides a great chance to learn the key distinguishing features of all UK mammal species. Classroom sessions will cover the key visual clues to identification, tracks, feeding signs, nests, burrows, sounds, droppings & skeletal remains. There are plenty of opportunities to develop your practical skills during six field-based sessions focusing on small mammal trapping, field signs, handling small mammals and the analysis of owl pellets. Successful completion of the course and optional assessment leads to the FSC accredited certificate in basic mammal identification.
Prices include accommodation and meals, single rooms are available at a supplement. Non-residential places are available on request.
This course will take place at Juniper Hall Field Centre, Old London Road, Dorking RH5 6DA
* In partnership with the Mammal Society. Please book direct with the Mammal Society http://www.mammal.org.uk / 023 8001 0984
Tuesday 4th Sep
Badger Ecology, Survey Techniques and Mitigation
10.00am - 4.00pm             £50 per person
Tutor: David Williams
A course designed for professionals such as ecological consultants, land managers and planners. There will be a morning classroom session to provide a sound background in badger biology and survey techniques, including field signs, followed by a ‘Badgers and the Law’ Q and A session and a mitigation case study. Badgers and bovine TB will also be discussed. In the afternoon, there will be a field visit to an active badger sett to see field signs. This course takes place at Mote Park in Maidstone.
Saturday 8th Sep
Introduction to Spider Identification and Ecology ​
10.00am - 4.00pm             £30 per person
Tutor: Steve Kirk
Learn how to identify British spiders reliably and understand their role in the ecosystem. Spend time out in the field finding spiders in their natural habitats. Guidance will be provided for those interested in becoming involved in spider recording and there will be opportunities to discuss their conservation.
Saturday 22nd Sep
Autumn foraging in Egerton​
10.00am - 4.00pm             £30 per person
Tutor: Steve Kirk
Join us on a treasure hunt for nature’s wild harvest. Discover the foraging opportunities in different habitats. Learn to identify and gather wild fruits, roots, nuts and berries. Return with your harvest and find out the best ways to cook and preserve them, with live cooking demonstrations. Finally, sample some freshly prepared wild fare from the autumn bounty.
Meet at Egerton Village Hall
Saturday 29th Sep
Harvest Mouse Ecology and Surveying​​
10.00am - 4.00pm             Free for survey volunteers
Tutor: Steve Kirk
This course is for anyone wishing to participate in the Kent Harvest Mouse Survey. Learn about the ecology and the key factors affecting the status and distribution of harvest mice in this country. An opportunity to examine a variety of harvest mouse nests and gain the practical surveying experience in the field needed for the survey.
* In Partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kent Mammal Group (KMG)
Saturday 6th Oct
Water Vole Ecology, Conservation and Handling​
9.30am - 4.30pm             From £94 per person
Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Suitable for all levels of experience, this informative one day event focuses on one of our most iconic river dwelling mammals, the water vole. The course includes information on identifying field signs, habitat requirements, their ecology, legal protection and their predators / threats. The course will also include an opportunity to see captive water voles in situ and handle /sex the water vole under supervision. A CPD certificate will be sent after the course.
* In partnership with the Mammal Society. Please book directly with the Mammal Society  http://www.mammal.org.uk / 023 8001 0984
Coming soon:
Saturday 13th October - Small Mammal Survey Skills
Saturday 27th October - Kent Mammal Identification
Saturday 20th October and Saturday 10th November - Introduction to Fungi
  • Minimum age for all courses is 16 years unless specified. All under 16’s must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • All courses are held at Wildwood Trust and include Wildwood entry fees unless otherwise specified. Please check listing.
  • All courses are booked directly with Wildwood unless otherwise stated, please check listing for details.
  • All courses must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable unless cancelled by Wildwood.
  • Lunch is not provided unless stated. Participants are welcome to bring their own packed lunch or purchase lunch in the Wildwood Cafe.
  • To book online visit our courses page at our secure online shop.
  • Please email courses@wildwoodtrust.org  or telephone 01227 711 471 for more information.
  • Booking is essential for all courses.
  • You can download and print the complete leaflet here.